OUR STORY

Our Story

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.


As a congregation, we gathered and expanded the meaning of what we believe an Extravagant Welcoming Congregation lives out and reflects in today’s everchanging world.  On August 23, 2018 Hope Church, UCC became #1547th , Open and Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ.  See below Hope’s Open and Affirming Covenant.


COVENANT OF HOPE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – July 29, 2018


"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." John 13:34.


“Hope United Church of Christ values and welcomes a diverse congregation. We believe that each of us is created in God's image. We choose to embrace ALL people with an all-encompassing love, including all ages, all ethnicities, all persons without regard to sexual orientation (After communication with the congregation it is clear that gender identity and expression is included - notes on file) or those with HIV, people of all economic backgrounds, all immigrants, all of those with physical disabilities and all of those with mental health issues. God’s love does not discriminate and we choose to follow God's example.”


In the words of Father Greg Boyle, "Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe of what the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment of how they carry it. Compassion isn't just about feeling the pain of others; but it's about bringing them in towards yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. Being compassionate as God is compassionate, means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.”


Love is Who We Are. Love is Who We Are. Let us be love. Let us be love.